Fan who pushed Kyle Lowry in Game 3 is Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens
The fan who pushed Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Golden State Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens, per multiple reports.
Axios was the first outlet to identify Stevens, who pushed Lowry from two seats away as the All-Star careened into the front row of the Oracle Arena crowd in the fourth quarter of Toronto’s 123-109 victory on Wednesday night. Lowry, who was attempting to save a block by teammate Serge Ibaka from going out of bounds, confronted Stevens and could be seen complaining to officials about the incident.
Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur confirmed the Axios report, adding that a source informed him that Stevens told Lowry multiple times, “Go f—- yourself.”
“There's no place for that,” Lowry told reporters when asked about the encounter after the game. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There's no place for people like that in our league, and hopefully he never comes back to an NBA game.”
This was before the fan was identified as Stevens, who joined Golden State’s ownership group when Vivek Ranadive sold his equity in the team to purchase the Sacramento Kings in August 2013. In the team’s official announcement, Stevens was described as a longtime Silicon Valley venture capitalist, a board member for both the University of Southern California and Harvard Business School’s California Research Center, and a part-time lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
“Mr. Stevens’ behavior last night did not reflect the high standards that we hope to exemplify as an organization,” the Warriors said in a statement on Thursday. “We’re extremely disappointed in his actions and, along with Mr. Stevens, offer our sincere apology to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors organization for this unfortunate misconduct. There is not place for such interaction between fans — or anyone — and players at an NBA game.”
The Warriors are investigating the matter further and have restricted Stevens from attending the remaining games in this year’s Finals. Stevens could also face additional discipline from the league. The NBA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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